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42. When a person repents, and asks for God's forgiveness, are you forgiven for all your sin or only those you have knowledge of? In other words if something you did was a sin and you forgot you did it (many years ago?) would you still receive forgiveness for that act or must you be aware of all acts to receive forgiveness.
When God forgives sin, he forgives them all -- past, present, and future. Romans 8:1 (NIV) says, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus1." That does not, of course, intimate that a forgiven individual can't repudiate the one who offers such forgiveness and reject his extension of grace! Why would anyone do that? God forgives, but quite often we do not forgive ourselves. To walk in joy, the believer needs to trust God and not his own goodness. Quiet confidence believes God when he says, "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." (Romans 8:37 NIV)
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